Motorists support our A85 campaign
THE problems surrounding the A85 is still a hot topic with people in Oban, with many issues being highlighted by members of the public.
As part of The Oban Times’ Stay Alive on the A85 campaign, we spoke to people about what they thought about the road and traffic through the street.
Julie Goodman said: ‘The road is shocking. People drive too fast, people think they know the roads, people overtake on the white lines and don’t consider motorbikes.
‘The traffic through the street is bad as well. I don’t what it is, but when the traffic lights start - it’s like gridlock. You can’t do a bypass road to Oban, but we need a better road system.’
However, not everyone has that opinion regarding a bypass. ‘The traffic is dreadful. They need a bypass or a multi-storey car park,’ Ronalda Graham and Betty Clark said.
Eddie Mayhew, a motorcyclist from Fife, who also drives for a living, said: ‘The traffic is horrific. The amount of lorries makes it hard to get past.
‘It’s easy for us [motorcyclists] to get by, but you always get so many cars with massive queues and people take chances. The surfaces are not equipped for it. Another problem is you get someone going 30 miles per hour – with the roads being so winding, it’s hard to get past.
‘People are just ignorant. If I see someone behind me, I pull into a lay-by and let them past.
‘In the summer everyone wants to see Scotland and you get people stopping if they want to take a picture – if you get people who want to look at stuff, there aren’t enough lay-bys.’